April 17, 1923 – Oct. 8, 2014
WEYMOUTH, Mass. – The Rev. Daniel F. O’Leary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate died Wednesday in South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, Mass. He was 91.
Born in Roxbury, Mass., he was educated at Boston Public Latin School and Holy Angels Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. He held a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oblate House of Philosophy in Newburgh and a master’s degree in theology from Oblate College in Washington, D.C. He went on to earn both a master’s and a doctorate degree in education administration from the University at Buffalo.
In 1943, he entered the Oblate novitiate in Tewksbury, Mass., professed his first vows there in 1944, followed by perpetual vows in Essex in 1947. He was ordained to the priesthood in Washington, D.C., on May 29, 1950.
Father O’Leary served at Bishop Fallon High School in Buffalo from 1952 to 1962 as a teacher, then as assistant principal, and from 1968 to 1974 as principal. He was on the adjunct faculty for graduate and undergraduate education at Mount St. Joseph Teacher’s College in Buffalo.
From 1972 to 2010, Father O’Leary resided at Holy Angels Parish in Buffalo. During this time, he worked at Niagara University in many capacities, including dean of Special Programs; dean of Education and Continuing Studies; dean of the College of Education; director of the Graduate Council; and associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
Father O’Leary held numerous professional and academic association memberships, made many contributions to the media on the topics of religion and education, authored publications on various topics and received many honors and appointments.
In 2005, Father O’Leary retired from academia and joined the pastoral care staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo as a certified chaplain. In December 2012, due to declining health, he retired fully and joined the community at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence in Tewksbury. He later transferred to the Weymouth, Mass., area to be closer to family.
In addition to his Oblate family, he is survived by a sister, Rita Toland of Weymouth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, 486 Chandler St. in Tewksbury, Mass.